Watch these sick videos of Slayer’s Tom Araya performing covers of Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, Judas Priest and Dio along with his brother John Araya on guitar. Al Messi plays Bass and Jake Alvarado is on drums. Dimitri Galeos, the uploader of these clips, plays second guitar.
One of the clips dates these performances at November of 1983, which would have been a month before Slayer’s Show No Mercy dropped. Slayer themselves had included covers of bands like Priest and Iron Maiden in their sets, playing small clubs and parties around Southern California.
It seems a bit odd, in retrospect, to see the singer of one of the quintessential American thrash bands performing songs that would be considered more “pop metal” by today’s standards. It should be noted that in the early ‘80s metal encompassed all of metal and metalheads often tended to embrace the full spectrum, much like punks in the early ‘80s tended to embrace anything under the banner “punk rock.” Once the mid ‘80s rolled around, you begin to see more splintering in both metal and punk scenes with offshoot genres springing up and fans gravitating toward their favored pigeon-holes. These clips represent a time of purity in the scene when basically anything went... as long as it was METAL (Insert falsetto wail here).
Here Araya and the band runs through “Looks That Kill” which appeared on Mötley Crüe’s Shout at the Devil album, which had just been released in September of 1983. At the tail end of the clip, the band launches into Quiet Riot’s “Metal Health,” which unfortunately cuts off after the opening riff:
Here the band tears through Judas Priest’s “Breakin’ the Law” from the 1980 British Steel album before going into Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark” :
This video appears to have possibly been taken from a high school talent show. The Scorpions’ “Blackout” is performed, followed by another performance of “Looks That Kill.” At the end of the clip it seems as if Araya is about to announce a Quiet Riot cover, but again, unfortunately, the tape cuts off:
Perhaps the uploader really has something against Quiet Riot? Come on man, we all wanna see the dude from Slayer tackle Kevin DuBrow!
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Slayer: Angel of Death rendered in smooth rock stylings